Over the past several years, Amy Cain has taught piano to students of all ages and levels in Ann Arbor, Boston, and Columbus. All of the students in Amy’s studio are trained using a multifaceted approach which includes the study of repertoire (classical, folk, jazz, and more), etudes, technical skills, ear training, sight-reading, theory, composition, music history and performance practices. All of these skills lead to the development of well-rounded, versatile musicians! Learning an instrument is beneficial for many reasons: aside from the obvious enjoyment one gets out of playing beautiful music, working at a skill week after week helps young people build confidence, increase memorization and focus, create and work toward goals, and become self-directed learners. These are not just skills that musicians need to have—these are useful skills for all areas of life! Performing is a key part of music education, thus all of Amy's students are given the opportunity to perform in recitals, small group classes, and in Royal Conservatory of Music exams if they choose. Amy offers 45 minute and 60 minute lessons, and she teaches all ages!
Amy's favorite part of teaching piano is the creativity involved! Every child is unique, therefore her teaching approach with one child might be completely different from her approach with another. Children benefit from Amy's calm, patient approach to teaching.
Amy teaches my 5 year old daughter in Columbus and she is fantastic. Great with young children. Focuses on correct technique and is super detailed in her approach. I also took piano as a child and I can tell that Amy is just a super high quality teacher. I would recommend her to anyone looking to start a young child on piano!
Amy is so great with kids! She teaches my two boys in Columbus and always keeps them engaged and happy throughout lessons. This is someone who truly GETS children and knows how to motivate them. The boys each have reward charts at her studio and they get to pick a prize after they get ten stickers. I am a musician myself, and since starting lessons my kids have learned scales, chords, arpeggios, cadences, and so many fun pieces that they honestly start to drive us crazy at home with how much they practice, but you know, in a good way :) Amy somehow motivates the boys to work on skills that I never wanted to practice when I was their age. Highly recommend her!!
Amy taught my daughter in Boston, and we couldn't have had a better experience! She made lessons fun and exciting, and my daughter still loves piano today because of it! We were sad to see her move to another state, but glad she's still teaching.
When a potential student contacts Amy, the first step is to set up an appointment in which the student and parent come to her studio for an informal meeting. At this meeting, Amy will give the student a short trial lesson, followed by a conversation with the parent about her studio policies, practice expectations, and requirements. (This is a great time for questions.)
Amy began taking piano lessons at the age of 8, and she has played ever since! She earned her BFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College ('14) with a Minor in Music, and she earned her MFA at Boston University ('16). She holds an ARCT Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music and is in the process of getting her Music Teacher's Certification through the National Music Teacher's Association. She has training in piano, music theory and pedagogy. Amy is a current member of the Central East Ohio Music Teacher's Association; she regularly attends trainings and conferences in order to grow as a teacher. Over the past several years she has taught piano to students of all ages and levels in Ann Arbor, Boston and Columbus.
Lesson tuition is charged by the month and is priced as follows:
weekly 30 min lessons = $95/month
weekly 45 min lessons = $130/month
weekly 60 min lessons = $175/month
*if starting with 30 minute lessons, parents should expect to move their children to 45 minute lessons after one year of piano study. 30 minutes quickly becomes too short as repertoire becomes more complicated and technical exercises are introduced.
Before beginning lessons, it is important to consider these questions:
-Can you make a commitment to helping your child meet practice goals each week?
-Do you have a real piano or a keyboard with weighted keys, or plans to procure one of the above soon?
-Does your child have a real interest in learning a musical instrument?